NBA Jam Coming As A Stand-Alone Game November 17th

UPDATE: EA has now officially confirmed the release date as November 17th, not the 16th. All dates in this article have been updated.

The classic arcade reboot is now listed on the Gamestop website at $49.99 for both the Xbox 360 and PS3 and is set to release on November 17th.

It was originally planned as a free pack-in with NBA Elite 11 for HD console owners (it already released on the Wii on October 5th). But the plan was thrown a wrench when EA announced late last September that NBA Elite 11 would be delayed until 2011.

The stand-alone HD version will include the initially Wii exclusive Remix Tour mode as well as an online component, which the Wii version lacks.

Now I realize that $49.99 is the same price as the Wii counterpart and is the definitive version since it has online support and HD graphics but I can’t help but feel a little ripped off considering the $59.99 price tag would have previously gotten you both NBA Elite 11 and NBA Jam. Nevertheless, it’s a good time to be a gamer if you love retro games (and really, who doesn’t?). Boom-shacka-laka!